Apr 1 - Apr 30, 1994
During April the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will show a group on new paintings by Philip Wofford. These new works are the most heavily encrusted to date by an artist already noted for the density of his paint application, as well as for intensity of color complexity of composition.
The new paintings carry forward Wofford's continuing interest in the use of relief caring in the art of Mexico, India, and South America, as well as that of Native Americans, Titles like Geronimo Steps and Spirit Catcher tie these works to their indigenous sources.
In the new works the paint is built up to where it seems almost modeled rather than applied with brushstrokes. The use of found material which are embedded in the paint surface reaches a point not seen previously in the work. In the pas Wofford has used string, rope, and pieces of cloth in building up surface textures, and to these have now been added stones, bones, and wood, albeit almost unrecognizable in the way they are integrated into the painting surface. Despite their references to other cultures, however, the principal motifs of the paintings continue to be taken from nature.
The Wofford exhibition will run from April 1st to the 30th. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery is open from 10 to 6, Tuesday through Friday and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays.